Self-Mastery and Impulse Control

by Peter Sacco

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Do you feel this is you?

Some individuals have what are called impulse control disorders whereby they act impulsively, sometimes planned or most times unplanned.

Impulse control disorders are real mental health problems which psychology has diagnosed for years. Whenever an individual possesses a specific type of impulse control disorder, they usually feel a distressing tension or become highly aroused, then they feel the need to act out on it to feel some sort of relief from committing the act, or deriving some sense of pleasure or gratification from having followed through.

Often times thereafter, the individual is most likely to experience a sense of shame, guilt, regret or even remorse for committing the act, especially if it has hurt or offended another person.

As individuals engage in these behaviors with greater frequency, they are more likely to feel greater distress to the point of feeling complete loss of control of their thoughts and even their lives. Many people become distressed or highly anxious because of this impulse control problem.

There are a variety of impulse control disorders that individuals can possess.

Some of the more common impulse control disorders are gambling, pyromania (starting fires because it produces arousal), kleptomania (shoplifting for things you don’t need or could afford to pay for because it is arousing), trichotillomania (which is pulling your hair out, even roots and all to relieve stress), and intermittent explosive disorder (an anger problem where the individual usually snaps into an uncontrollable fit of rage and can’t even remember “why” after they calm down).

What is common in all of these disorders is the individual just cannot for whatever reason resist the urge to avoid or stop it from happening. Often times, the impulsive event hurts another individual or the individual does harm to them self.

There are some experts who believe that impulse control disorders occur due to chemical imbalances in the brain.

Some believe that the individual suffers from some kind of depression, anxiety disorder, or ADD/ADHD and they are displacing their negative feelings outward. Furthermore, some experts believe that the impulse control disorders are a by-product of being raised in a dysfunctional family where there were histories of abuse, alcoholism, drug addictions, or poor role modeling.

Individuals may witness parents or older siblings displaying these behaviors and then mimic them.

A proper diagnosis by a qualified psychologist or psychiatrist should be made to make sure the individual gets the proper treatment for controlling the impulses.

Hypnosis has proven very effective for not only controlling or stopping the impulses, but also preventing them well in advance. A qualified hypnotherapist can help individuals recognize “stressors” or triggers which are the thoughts which usually preoccupy the individual’s mind before they start to obsess on them thus eventually carrying out the impulsive behaviors.

A good hypnotherapist can assist by employing post hypnotic suggestions whereby the individual recognizes these “triggers” before they grow and become distressing.

The post hypnotic suggestions embedded in the unconscious mind instantly interrupts the negative thought process and leads the individual to think about something positive or all together different.

With repeated sessions, an individual can develop the ability to master their mind and detract from the destructive thoughts. If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.

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Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D.
Staff Writer
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